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Review of Neurology Services

Neurological conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease result from damage to the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nervous system. Some neurological conditions are life threatening, with many severely affecting an individual’s quality of life.

Long term neurological conditions are common. For example, in NI, there are approximately 15,000 people diagnosed with epilepsy, 4,600 with multiple sclerosis, 3,700 with Parkinson’s Disease, 910 adults with inherited or acquired neuromuscular disease and 140 people with Motor Neurone Disease.

For those with neurological conditions and those caring for them, care and support is provided by a range of primary and community-based services from across the statutory and community sectors.

The Review

On 19 December 2018, in light of pressures within the neurology service, the Department published terms of reference for the Regional Review of Neurology Services. A Neurology Review Team has been established to take the review forward.

The Review Team is tasked with identifying the optimum service configuration for neurology services for the next 10-15 years.

An interim report, outlining work to date, was published on 07 October. 

A final report is scheduled for May 2020

Impact of COVID-19

In March 2020, the decision was taken to pause the Review in the context of COVID-19 pressures. The Neurology Review Team reconvened for the first time since March 2020 on 15 June 2021. A final report is expected in Spring 2022 subject to available clinical capacity.


The Department is committed to ensuring that the voice of service users and carers is central to the review. You can read more about the priorities that service users and carers have told us about in the report below of a workshop held on 02 July.

Further information

If you would like further information on the review, you can contact us at

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

The current neurology service model in NI has largely focused on outpatient delivery. ... more

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Interim Report

The Regional Review of Neurology Services has been tasked with identifying the optimal service configuration for neurology services through to 2035 ... more

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Workshop Feedback

Questions and answers to a raft of various questions on improving neurology services in NI ... more






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